LTC nurse could face 4 years in prison for alleged morphine mistake, cover-up

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A nurse has been indicted for allegedly administering morphine to a nursing home resident by mistake and covering up her error while the resident experienced a health emergency, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.

Licensed practical nurse Vicki Price, 46, is accused of accidentally giving a wheelchair-bound resident morphine instead of a muscle relaxant. She did not admit her mistake and altered documentation to conceal it, even as the resident lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital, the charges contend. The resident survived after being treated with Narcan, an overdose drug.

Price no longer is employed at the nursing home, according to Schneiderman's office. The facility was called The Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at the time of the alleged incident in 2012, and it has since been renamed the South Point Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. It is a 185-bed, for-profit facility, according to Nursing Home Compare. The administrator had not responded to a phone call from McKnight's as of press time.

If convicted, Price could face up to four years in prison. She was released on her own recognizance after being arraigned and is next due in court on Oct. 16.